We describe now some of the possible ways to reach the city:
There is no airport at Coimbra. The nearest airports are:
Francisco Sá Carneiro (Porto - 110 Km)
Portela (Lisbon – 210 Km)
Hence you must travel to Lisbon or Porto international airports and come to Coimbra by train (recomended), bus or car.
To come to Coimbra from Lisbon (Oriente Station, closer to the airport, or Santa Apolonia Station, in the city center) or from Porto (Campanhã station), there are many trains everyday (take a taxi from the airport to the tain station). There are three types:
Regionais: They stop several times between both cities (so, they are very slow)
Intercidades: just a few stops, much faster
Alfa pendular: even less stops, even faster
There are 2 stations train: Coimbra B, on the main line, and Coimbra C, on a short branch line in the city centre. Timetables available here.
From the south (Lisbon) or the north (Porto) take the A1 motorway.
The A14 links Coimbra to the coast (Figueira da Foz), where new motorways, near the coast, run to Lisbon and Porto – the A17 and A 8 going south, and the A17 and A29 going north. The IP3 connects to the interior (Viseu) and by the A25, to the Spanish border.